A security breach was reported during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rally in Karnataka's Davanagree on Saturday. A video was doing rounds on social media platforms where a man was seen running towards the prime minister's convoy, apparently slipping through the barricade, during his roadshow. However, he was immediately stopped by security forces and bodyguards present at the venue.
The man, learnt to be from Koppal, has been detained and was questioned, police sources said. The Davangere Superintendent of Police C B Rishyanth ruled out any security breach.
"Nothing like that (security breach) happened. He was not even near the Prime Minister. He was caught well before that," Rishyanth told PTI.
ADGP Law and Order Alok Kumar tweeted: "As being reported in a section of media, there was no breach in security as such of Hon'ble PM at Davangere today. It was an unsuccessful attempt. He was caught immediately by myself and SPG at a safe distance. Appropriate action is being taken in this regard".
Earlier today, PM Modi made a powerful pitch for the return of the BJP government in Karnataka and urged the people to give the party a full majority for a stable government.
"Karnataka has seen a long period of opportunistic and selfish coalition governments. Karnataka has faced losses due to such governments. So, for fast-paced development of Karnataka, BJP's full majority, and stable government is needed," Modi said.
He also accused the opposition Congress and its leaders of "wandering with a bag of false guarantees" ahead of polls.
Elections in Karnataka are due in May this year.